Going negative in a political campaign might mean a few things — it’s logical for a candidate who may be losing ground and needs to just dig his opponent with facts or past history that’s uncomplimentary. Unknowns use the technique to gain attention and notice when their opponents are better known and recognizable from previous exposure in the media. Or a candidate might just be unscrupulous.
In the 74th Assembly District race, to be fair, Emanuel Patrascu started the cycle by correctly pointing out that his opponent, former Newport Beach Mayor and Lincoln Club Boardmember Keith Curry was trying to shoo the beach fire rings out of NB and keep the undesirables away from the shore-front properties of his city’s very wealthy land and boat owners around Balboa Island and Newport Bay. Despite the battle he started against the fire rings, Curry’s online “Issues” page still states:
Growing up in Southern California, I always enjoyed beach bonfires and I want to keep that tradition alive by saving our fire rings.
Presumably, Curry forgot that the beachy part of Huntington Beach and its dozens of well-maintained and coveted fire rings are also in the 74th — their locals and city council would really like to hold onto them, and keep the AQMD and Coastal Commission away from their bread and butter beach tourist business.
Patrascu also pulled no punches in honestly pointing out that Curry fully supported Gov. Jerry Brown’s Bullet Train (a “tremendous transportation facility”). It’s more than disingenuous now that Curry’s Newport city council cronies just two days ago warned Daily Pilot readers “Don’t believe the false claims made by his young and inexperienced opponents. Curry opposes high-speed rail.” That’s simply dishonest as Curry’s history clearly proves.
So now that Curry and his campaign consultant have crossed over to the dark side, with mailers unveiled at Allan Bartlett’s blog earlier today, it’s appropriate to point out a few other
lies inconsistencies. Patrascu, who is 33, doesn’t live in Sacramento as Gilliard implies. The house pictured in the mailer is Patrascu’s neighbor — his house is nearby. He and his family live in Laguna Beach.
However, what’s seem typical of Gilliard’s style is the tone of the mailer — dark, very Transylvanian (Emanuel is Romanian by birth) photography — implying this foreigner with the odd name is to be feared or distrusted.
Gilliard is also managing Supervisor Janet Nguyen’s 34th District Senate race, and we can’t wait to see what he’ll have to say about her Mexican opponent. And Janet, who is also paid by the taxpayers would certainly not be campaigning on our dime, as he implies of Patrascu. No, Janet’s really too busy being INVESTIGATED BY THE FEDS: Supervisor Nguyen’s Fundraising Attracts Scrutiny of the FBI per the union-funded Voice of OC.
Emanuel Patrascu’s business is running political campaigns. He reports his income on FTTC Form 700. Curry and Gilliard might remember that he successfully ran Travis Allen’s Assembly campaign to a LANDSLIDE win against the GOP favorite, Rohrabacher-endorsed, corrupt Mayor of Los Alamitos in 2010. Allen, a political unknown, trounced Troy Edgar by 11 points. If I were Dave Gilliard, I’d fear that more than I’d fear Patrascu’s ancestry.